Abraham Zelmanowitz

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Abraham Zelmanowitz
Zelmanowitz's name is located on Panel N-65 of the National September 11 Memorial’s North Pool.
Born Abraham J. Zelmanowitz
December 30, 1945 (1945-12-30)
Died September 11, 2001(2001-09-11) (aged 55)
North Tower, World Trade Center, New York City, U.S.

Abraham J. Zelmanowitz (December 30, 1945 – September 11, 2001) (also known as Abe, Avrame, and Avremel) was an Orthodox Jew who worked as a computer programmer for Empire Blue Cross and Blue Shield on the 27th floor of Tower One of the World Trade Center in New York City who died in the collapse of the north tower of the World Trade Center during the attacks of September 11, 2001.

September 11 attacks[edit]

One of his best friends was co-worker and fellow computer programmer Ed Beyea, who was a quadriplegic. With the elevators not working after the attack, Beyea had no way of getting out. Rather than go down the stairs and try to save himself, Zelmanowitz chose to stay with his friend, and presumably comfort him until the bitter end (many believe they prayed together during those final moments as well; as Beyea was a devout Roman Catholic).[1] Nearly one year after his death, Zelmanowitz's remains were positively identified among the debris, and he was brought to the Mount of Olives Jewish Cemetery in Jerusalem, where he was interred beside his parents.[2]


At the National 9/11 Memorial, Zelmanowitz is memorialized at the North Pool, on Panel N-65.[3]


  1. ^ Evelyn Zelmanowitz and Yaffa Shilman. "September 11 - A memorial". CNN. 2001. Retrieved December 11, 2011.
  2. ^ Staff (August 6, 2002). "A Steadfast Friend on 9/11 Is Buried", The New York Times. Accessed August 21, 2013. "The family of Mr. Zelmanowitz, 55, buried his remains next to his parents' at the cemetery overlooking Jerusalem on the Mount of Olives."
  3. ^ "North Pool: Panel N-65 - Abraham J. Zelmanowitz". National September 11 Memorial & Museum. Retrieved October 29, 2011. 

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